Posts Tagged ‘kick seine

11
Dec
11

Insectology: studies in the field

All things Odonata (Dragons & Damsels) at NW Dragonflier. The Winter time is a good time to study up on fish foods. For some it is a good time to do stream samples and study the health of a stretch of stream (here

A kick seine to collect stream samples. This can be a one/two person operation. Most of us once on the stream do not have the patience for such studies. We may turn over a rock here and there to watch nymphs scurry, but that is often the extent of our studies. Sam Martin photo of Mike Steffen using kick seine.

23
Jul
10

Fly Fishing: Hatch or Mating/Spinner Fall?

As I arrived on the river last night, I saw a few Caddis fluttering about. I had tried this spot recently and felt the time would be better spent after the sun moved behind the trees and the shadows covered a stretch of water forty yards long and twenty yards wide, gliding between the grassy shoreline and a rolling riffle. I sat smoking my briar, studied the water and decided to study the vegetation a few feet away. It was around 6pm.

Turbo Insectology (PMD & Friends) SwittersB

This is a good practice, as beneficial as turning over rocks in the stream or seining a stretch of water to identify how bugs look…color and size. Notice the pic above…the Pale Morning Dun in transition to Spinner.

I moved out to fish, once I noticed a few rises and that the shade had hit the water. A fly fisher arrived behind me and remarked about the hatch behind me, near the shore. I noticed mayflies bobbing up and down near the grassy shoreline. I waded over to talk and observe.

What was evident all around was  multiple events of insect activity: a few Yellow Sallies, a black micro Caddis, a larger tan Caddis, a smaller mayfly hatching with several gliding down the stream, wings upright. And, the bobbing mayflies, yellowish-tan in color. Beneath them spent mayflies, clear winged, on the surface like ditched airplanes…wings outspread. A spinner fall.

I looked downstream and looked for additional activity. With all the activity, I looked for some form of sips, slashes, slurps or boils. Reality check. Perfect conditions. Multiple hatches. Only a few visible signs of fish and they came quickly to an emerger pattern.

SwittersB Made in the Shade

Still a pleasant evening and another puzzle approached, but there seemed pieces missing to what I anticipated being an easy puzzle to piece together.

21
Apr
10

Fly Fishing: Stonefly Syndrome on the Deschutes River

The stone flies nymphs are readily available year around. Little Blacks, Browns, Skwala’s, Golden’s and the Giant Stone’s are scurrying about. Of course, come early Summer the focus is on the dry fly action as the Salmon Fly hatch and Golden Stones flutter forth.

Recently Tony Muncy, Eric McMillan and Greg Kohn drifted the Deschutes River for some early season trout fishing. They did well with a variety of Caddis Pupa patterns, Stonefly nymphs and egg patterns. They did a kick seine study and came up with some nice examples of a Golden Stone and Giant Stone nymph.Oh guys, one camera between you is not nearly enough.

Eric McMillan on the Deschutes R. (T. Muncy)

The guys put in at Beavertail and took a few days to explore down to Mack’s Canyon.

McMillan Heading Around the Bend (T. Muncy)

In the event that you follow a fish into deeper water, Eric employs a technique for removing water from your waders.

McMillan Draining the Waders (T. Muncy)

Deschutes R. Redside (Eric McMillan)

Freedom (T. Muncy)

STONEFLIES & And HERE




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